Latest: Dallas jail demonstration ends peacefully


DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a protest in downtown Dallas (all times local):

10:20 p.m.

A rally in protest of police violence against black people that turned into an impromptu march in protest of the arrest of the rally organizer has ended peacefully.

Organizer Dominique Alexander’s attorney, Kim Cole, says Alexander is in the Dallas County jail but in good spirits after his arrest on a trespassing charge and outstanding warrants. She said she and her client believed those warrants had been resolved a year ago.

Alexander is founder of the Next Generation Action Network, which organized the downtown rally as well as the July 7 downtown protest march that ended suddenly when a sniper opened fire on law enforcement officers, killing five.

The group’s vice president, Damon Crenshaw, says he believes the outstanding warrants relate to tickets for failure to pay tolls on a toll road in neighboring Collin County.

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9:05 p.m.

A group of demonstrators protesting outside the Dallas County jail has dwindled to about a dozen, and the remaining participants are taking turns with a megaphone telling personal accounts of what each regarded as police brutality against them.

Meanwhile, a dozen Dallas County sheriff’s deputies stood in a shoulder-to-shoulder line Wednesday night to keep the demonstrators away from the jail, where the organizer of the demonstration was taken earlier.

Dominique Alexander, the founder of the Next Generation Action Network, had organized the rally downtown with assurances to police that there would be no march. After his late afternoon arrest outside City Hall on a trespassing charge and outstanding warrants, though, protest demonstrators at the rally decided on an impromptu march from the rally site to the jail on downtown’s western outskirts.

Alexander is an ordained Baptist preacher and a convicted felon whose uncle died in a police-involved shooting.

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8:30 p.m.

What had been a demonstration to protest police use of force against black people has turned into an impromptu march to the jail where the demonstration’s organizer was booked after his arrest about two hours before.

The marchers swelled in number to about 35 by the time they reached the Dallas County jail, where they chanted, “Release him! Release him!”

They referred to Dominique Alexander, the founder of the Next Generation Action Network. Alexander had organized a downtown rally with assurances to police that there would be no march. He was arrested outside City Hall on a trespassing charge and outstanding warrants.

The demonstration outside the jail drew the attention of Dallas County sheriff’s deputies.

Alexander is an ordained Baptist preacher and a convicted felon whose uncle died in a police-involved shooting.

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8 p.m.

About 25 demonstrators rallied at a downtown Dallas park — half to demand changes in police use of force against black people and half to call for a bridge between police and the community.

About a dozen people participated in a rally organized by the Next Generation Action Network, while a similar number of counter-protesters organized by Operation Bridging America linked arms and surrounded the protest group.

Despite assurances from protest organizers to police that no march would occur, the protesters then set forth on foot west on Main Street. Their announced destination was the Dallas County jail, where Next Generation Action Network founder Dominique Alexander was booked.

Alexander was arrested earlier in the afternoon on a trespassing charge and outstanding warrants.

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6 p.m.

The organizer of a planned protest rally in downtown Dallas has been arrested outside City Hall.

Kim Cole, attorney for the Next Generation Action Network, said network founder Dominique Alexander was arrested on a trespassing charge Wednesday afternoon. It happened hours after Alexander refused the appeal of Dallas Police Chief David Brown to move his protest rally away from downtown.

Five police officers were shot dead during a July 7 downtown demonstration protesting police use of force against black people. Brown had told Alexander that another downtown march would pose a tactical threat to police.

Alexander had said he would cancel a march but would proceed with a downtown rally that was set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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4:45 p.m.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown says he won’t meet with organizers of the July 7 protest where five law enforcement officers were shot and killed unless they cancel any future downtown protests.

Brown posted his email exchange with organizer Dominique Alexander, founder of the Next Generation Action Network, to a police blog Wednesday a few hours before a scheduled 6:30 p.m. protest. Police officials say the protest was still scheduled as of 4 p.m. and officers would continue their duties at the event as planned.

Alexander didn’t immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

In the email exchange, Alexander agreed to compromise by making the event a rally instead of a march. Brown said holding the events downtown poses a tactical threat to police regardless.

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